One of the more spectacular scientific events of the school, GCS Science Fair 2019 took place on Tuesday 5 November from 13:00-16:00. It hosted experiments from Biology, Chemistry and Physics, as well as demonstrations that exploded or burned (safely!), with flames that even danced to the tune of select music or whirled in a tornado. It allowed children (mostly – although some adults tried their hand at it!) to fire an air cannon, with the opportunity to win various treats, or lift off an air rocket. There were stands where visitors could extract or model their DNA, blow into a real lung (again, safely!), burn metals brighter than sunlight or cause elephant toothpaste to form, solve mathematical and spatial puzzles, admire the school’s many robots at their specialized tasks, and even learn about competitions like EuroScience. Our guests, 1010 Asteroskopeion and Cyprus Astronomy Organization, dazzled us with their solar telescope, their astronomy competition and their presentation ‘Our Place in the Cosmos’.
This year’s Science Fair thrilled not only the visitors, but also the many students, from the lower and upper schools, as well as the elementary school, who participated in it. It is our hope that the participants and visitors have been inspired by the Science and Technology that was presented, and that a younger, more inquisitive generation of scientists will emerge from it. The fair was conducted in support of the endeavour of the GCS Girl-Up Society to sponsor a child in Africa, and the crepes, squash and coffee were sold out well before the end of the event! Given its success at raising funds, it is also our hope that this seed money will enable Girl Up to achieve their aim and change the lives of a struggling family!